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Background Information

Also known as

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.




Indie pop Wikipedia

Years active



Warner Brothers



Current Members

Daniel Zott
Joshua Epstein
Mike Higgins
Jon Visger
Bryan Pope

JR JR, formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., is an American indie-pop band from Detroit, Michigan, consisting of Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein. Zott and Epstein met each other while playing in other Detroit music projects. They began recording in Zott's basement in Royal Oak, Michigan.


Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. was formed in late 2009 by members Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott. The band also includes drummer Mike Higgins. The band initially began as a basement recording project with few intentions of reaching the public.

2010–11: Horsepower (EP) and It's A Corporate World

In July 2010, the band released Horsepower EP via Quite Scientific Records. The Horsepower EP consisted of songs "Nothing But Our Love," "Vocal Chords," "Simple Girl," and a cover of Brian Wilson's song "God Only Knows." The band came out with a second EP titled "My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt.1" via Quite Scientific Records on November 2, 2010. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. was noted as 'one of the best new bands' of 2010 and became very well-liked from various sources including Stereogum, Spin magazine, Under the Radar magazine, Real Detroit, and The Metro Times. The band came out with We Almost Lost Detroit EP via Warner Bros. Records and Quite Scientific Records on April 21, 2011. Dale Earnhardrt Jr. Jr. released two singles, "Morning Thought" and "Simple Girl" on April 8, 2011 and September 9, 2011 respectively. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. came out with their first full-length album, It's A Corporate World. The album was released June 7, 2011 via Warner Bros. Records and Quite Scientific Records.

2013–15: Patterns (EP) and The Speed of Things

The band came out with their single "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)" on April 2, 2013. The single's release was followed by their EP release, Patterns. The band performed live on May 16, 2013 on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic to premier songs from their album. The featured songs included: "Hiding," "Run," "Mesopotamia," "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)," "Dark Water," "Knock Louder," "War Zone," "Don't Tell Me," and "I Think Of You." They performed on Conan, June 11, 2013, featuring the song "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor). Patterns EP was released on April 16, 2013, consisting of four songs: "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)," Dark Water," "Hiding," and "Habits." The band released their second studio album titled, The Speed of Things, on October 8, 2013, with some guidance from Paul Simon. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. went on tour with Atlas Genius and Family of the Year in the fall of 2013. The band released their mixtape "Produce Vol. 1" on February 5, 2014. Produce Vol. 1 is a new step for the band as they continue their journey towards the spotlight.

2015–present: Name change and JR JR

Though they've worked under Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. since 2009, On July 15, 2015, the band announced that they had renamed themselves to JR JR. Members Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott shared the name change news from their social media pages. Epstein and Zott give a solid reason for going with a clean new name: confusion. As the band's fanbase has grown, "so has the amount of confusion caused by the name Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr." In a lengthy post, the band formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. started with some background -- a supportive letter from NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr., who wrote in 2011 that "I thought it was clever and I personally have no problem with your band's name. You will not hear from any lawyers on our end should you choose to keep the name."
Some of it is no big deal and easily cleared up. But sometimes we get sad and bizarre requests sent to our social media sites or emailed to people we work with. We've had people drive long distances to shows only to be disappointed when they realize it's a neurotic Jew and wild haired gentile from Detroit they've paid to see. A number of times now we've received hope filled inquiries from people who have dying relatives that only want to meet Dale Earnhardt Jr. (the driver) before they pass. Those sorts of interactions feel a little voyeuristic and eerie, and even attempting to simply clarify the situation means you've added a moment of embarrassment to someone's day when they're already going through a lot."." They premiered their new single "Gone" from their self-titled album on July 16, 2015.




  • It's a Corporate World, Warner Bros. Records / Quite Scientific Records, June 7, 2011
  • The Speed of Things, Warner Bros. Records, October 8, 2013
  • JR JR, Warner Bros. Records, September 25, 2015


  • "Morning Thought" (digital single, April 8, 2011)
  • "Simple Girl" (digital single, September 9, 2011)
  • "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)" (digital single, April 2, 2013)
  • "Gone" (digital single, July 17, 2015)


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